Sidewalk bridges, also called sidewalk sheds, are a staple of many urban streets. In fact, one study estimates as many as 6,000 are set up in New York City alone, protecting pedestrians from construction debris. But there’s an art to a sidewalk bridge install and plenty of potential pitfalls. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to your sidewalk bridge.
Do Install One
This may seem obvious, but some builders think they can forego this basic step. After all, why spend money on a temporary structure. Unfortunately, all it takes is one injured pedestrian for construction to stop and lawsuits to start. What’s more, many cities require them, so don’t skimp.
Don’t Leave It Up Forever
While critical for urban construction, sidewalk bridges aren’t meant to last forever. Beyond being an eyesore, they can become unstable after a long time. Have a plan for both a sidewalk bridge install and a break down.
Do Choose a Good Installer
Sidewalk bridges are only as protective as they are well-constructed. So when getting a sidewalk shed set up, be sure to go with an experienced company. Adriatic Restoration specializes in sidewalk bridge installs for projects on landmark buildings, office buildings and many other commercial buildings in New Jersey and New York areas.